From the Pastor’s Desk

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Nov 26, 2023

“The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal…”
-Ezekiel 34:16

Brothers and Sisters,

“AAUGH!” The sequence unfolds predictably. Lucy, ever optimistic, offers a plausible reason why this time will be different. Charlie Brown, filled with anticipation, begins to run, envisioning finally and successfully kicking the football. Alas, he is met with disappointment once again, landing on his back and vocalizing his frustration with a resounding “AAUGH!” Amidst the iconic Thanksgiving imagery of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, the recurring theme of Charlie Brown’s thwarted attempts encapsulates the essence of the holiday for me.

As we approach the culmination of our liturgical year, celebrating the reign of our true King, we are reminded of God’s enduring promise. God claims us as His own, pledging to care for us as a shepherd tends to his flock. Acutely aware of our struggles, sufferings, injuries, and illnesses, God actively shepherds us, as emphasized by the prophet Ezekiel. However, we may overlook the crucial question: “How?”

God’s ways are vast, encompassing various interventions in our lives. Chief among them is Jesus entering our world, fully embracing our humanity—a profound act. Equally significant is our collective calling to embody the Body of Christ. Continuing Jesus’ ministry, we are to imitate the Shepherd by providing for the hungry, quenching the thirst of the thirsty, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting the imprisoned.

Our parish community is a cause for celebration, with countless hours devoted to the Lord through ministries like OLPH St. Vincent and SALT Ministries and community partnerships to advance charitable works. If you haven’t had a chance to serve our brothers and sisters living in Baltimore City, consider signing up for SALT(, and while you’re there, grab all the details on how to participate in their Boxes from Baltimore program this holiday. For service ideas, including serving for one hour on Dec 10 to help sort the gifts received from our Advent Giving Tree, visit

As we move out of Ordinary Time, let’s persist in transforming moments of distress and frustration, similar to Charlie Brown’s struggles but more serious, into reminders of humanity’s goodness and our caring God’s unwavering faithfulness. Although brief, Advent calls us to reflect on the enduring Light of the World as our days grow darker. To make the most of this special time, we have organized all our Advent parish offerings on one landing page Please visit it often, and I pray that we radiate the light of Christ by endeavoring to live like him!

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Other Considerations in and around our Community:

  • MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND SPAGHETTI DINNER – Sunday, December 3, from 11 AM – 5 PM. Dinner, holiday shopping, Raffles, Santa’s Secret Shop for children, and a special visit with Santa! To learn more, visit Santa’s Secret Shop for children and a special visit with Santa! To learn more,
  • ST. LIDWINA CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP – Do you or someone you love suffer from chronic pain? Father Larry Swink is starting an online apostolate aimed at those who suffer from chronic pain–a cause he, too, endures. The forum is a place to share struggles, for Father to give Catholic advice on how to carry this cross, and a venue to share online Healing Masses and prayers. Visit to learn more.
  • INDIVIDUAL UNBOUND MINISTRY PRAYER Many of us are fighting invisible battles with anxieties, negative thoughts, sins, unhealthy relationships, destructive habits, resentments, and bitter wounds that never seem to heal. You can experience God’s merciful love, healing, and freedom! Unbound Ministry Prayer releases the power of Jesus into wounded lives. On Saturday, December 9th, trained teams will be available to provide individual prayer using the Unbound Model of prayer in Ellicott City, MD. Unbound Prayer is based on five scriptural keys that help you unlock those areas of your life where you want to receive greater freedom, healing, and spiritual growth. If you would like to schedule an appointment or want more information, please get in touch with Dan or Peggy Gahagan by Monday, December 4th at

Going on at OLPH:

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION – Listening with the Heart – Companionship on the Path to Holiness – On Nov. 27th at 7 pm in Harrison Hall, The Knights of Columbus welcome fellow parishioner Greg Douglas to reflect on his journey in Spiritual Direction and the art of spiritual accompaniment, emphasizing listening as taught at the Cenacle School.

PRAYER AND PRAISE FOR YOUNG ADULT MEN – Twice monthly, OLPH Men’s Ministry will host praise and worship in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at Our Lady of Perpetual Help—just an uncomplicated night of prayer, soft music by guitar, and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Hearing the sound of men’s voices, all lifted in prayer and song is powerful, and praying together as men are desperately needed in a society that lacks solid Christian men with values who strive to live out the Gospel of Our Blessed Lord. Young Adult Men (ages 18-35) of the parish and friends, please mark your calendar for the first and third Mondays of each month to join us at 8 PM. Our next gathering will be in the Chapel on Monday, December 4, at 8 PM.

OLPH PARISHIONER DEDICATES SPRING BREAK TO MISSION WORK Freshman Sydney McGee of the Franciscan University of Steubenville will join a team of missionaries to Quito, Ecuador, during Spring Break 2024. The parish is proud to support Sydney in this effort. If you, too, would like to contribute to the expense of her trip, visit into your browser to donate through Franciscan University’s website. Enter “Sydney McGee” under “Enter Student’s Name.” So that you know, donations are not tax deductible since it is going to a person.